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When a death occurs, whether expected or not, there is an inevitable feeling of sadness and loss experienced by the close family, often resulting in shock and emotional stress. Certain practical steps, however, need to be taken at an early stage – including registering of the death.
What to do when death occurs at home
Whether or not a death is expected a qualified doctor (GP or Duty doctor) should, on every occasion, be contacted to attend and confirm the death. Once a doctor has arrived and indicated that in due course the “Cause of death” medical certificate will be able to be issued, then we can remove the deceased to our chapel of rest.
What to do when death occurs at a nursing home or residential home
Even though professional nursing staff are in attendance at the home, a qualified doctor should again be required to confirm the death before the deceased may be moved into our care.
What to do when death occurs at the hospital
The hospital staff will guide you through what needs to be done. Hospitals have their own registration and certificates to talk through with you before you register with your local authority.
HM Coroners involvement
When a death is unexpected and the cause of death is unclear, or when the death is of a suspicious nature, an accident or industrial disease, the doctor certifying the death is legally bound to report these circumstances to the Coroner. The Coroner’s involvement in most cases is a formality with an examination taking place to ascertain the cause of death.
Who can register a death?
The procedure for registering a death is a simple interview with the Registrar who will require the following information:-